I've been going NUTS waiting for beta #2. I got up early on Thursday morning and found a lab in Miami. I was kind of surprised - no one speaks English there! I have to say, trying to fill out the forms and explain my needle phobia in Spanish was quite a challenge! Not to mention, they have a very different sense of time there. I was waiting 30 minutes before they even gave me the forms or asked for my script. While I was waiting, they asked me to fill out the center evaluation - it had questions like "How long was your wait time" and "Did they use appropriate cleanliness standards" and "Did the tech do a good job of performing the test." When I explained I couldn't fill out the form until AFTER my appointment was finished, they told me it was no problem - I should just mark the box that said "Extremely Satisfied" for everything. Uh, you are kidding, right?
Anyway, the woman did an okay job of drawing my blood - she moved the needle after inserting it and I nearly went ballistic, but she did do it quickly and with one stick. Anyway, I went about my conference meeting, flew home on Thursday night, and waited patiently on Friday for my results.
And waited. And waited. Friday afternoon, I finally called up the office and asked about my results, and the nurse said she'd pull the results and have a midwife call me back. I told her it was really important for me to know the results before the weekend because I was afraid of bad news. Before I realized it, 5:00 came and went...and no phone call. I was so PISSED - how could they torture me like that all weekend?
Needless to say, I've been going nuts all weekend. I woke up early this morning and called the office again. The nurse checked the computer and informed me...the blood test results were missing. Yup, that is what I said, missing. I had to give the nurse the information about the lab I went to in Miami, and she said she would check into it and get back to me. At 1:00 pm, I called the nurse again, asking for an update. She told me they had finally gotten a copy of my results, but the midwife was out to lunch and would call me back later.
So, I waited. And waited. And waited. Until she called a few moments ago. After everything I went through, the beta on Thursday was....
It did the requisite doubling (I took the first test on Tuesday at 2:30 pm, and the second test on Thursday at 8:00 am). I am SOOO relieved that at least things are doubling okay. I am about to call and schedule my ultrasound, and if all is well there, I will go in for an appointment around 8 or 9 weeks.
ETA: First ultrasound is scheduled for October 28 at 1:45 pm!!
18 months in review
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